Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Phone Marketplace will be available in 23 new countries over the next 30 days in order to attract more users.
The included countries are Bahrain, Venezuela, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Thailand, Estonia, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia , Turkey, UAE and Vietnam.
With this move Microsoft has just increased the number of supported countries to 63, adding in the same time over 60 per cent of the current users to its line-up. In comparison, Apple's App store is available in more than 120 countries worldwie.
This announcement comes as Microsoft prepares to release Windows Phone 7.5 Tango update which comes with support for lower-tier hardware, making models with modest hardware specifications produced by Nokia, ZTE and HTC compatible with the OS.
Over the next two weeks, the App Hub will also start accepting submission for the new Windows Phone Marketplace from Microsoft mobile OS developers. You can do so by visiting the official website and choosing where you want to publish apps.
All new applications will have to be reviewed before being accepted and Microsoft warns that the review window has increased from a couple of days to a full week or even more, due to rise in the number of submissions.
WindowsTeamBlog also reports that some of these new markets including China, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan and Bahrain may have extra certification requirements because of local laws.
Source : WindowsTeamBlog